Benfica host Spartak Moscow at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday night, as the Portuguese outfit look to complete the job in this Champions League qualifier. The Eagles hold a commanding lead over the Red-and-Whites from the first leg of this tie, although everything is still to play for ahead of the return.
Where and when: Estadio da Luz – 10 August, kick-off 20:00
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Last time: Rafa Silva and Gilberto both scored in the second half as Benfica beat Spartak 2-0 in Moscow in the first leg of this tie.
Benfica v Spartak Moscow Predictions and Preview
Spartak Moscow face an uphill task if they’re going to turn around this Champions League qualifier against Benfica, but a two-goal deficit is far from insurmountable. Even so, the Portuguese Primeira Liga side are the strong favourites to secure their safe passage into the final round of qualifying with another win.
The Eagles were a cut above Spartak in the first leg, enjoying 60% possession and mustering up 15 attempts on goal. With an 88% pass completion rate compared to Spartak’s 76%, the difference in quality on the ball was clear to see and ought to be reinforced with O Glorioso enjoying home advantage in this return.
Jorge Jesus’ side have now recorded back-to-back 2-0 victories over their Russian counterparts, after also beating Spartak by the same scoreline in the group stage of the Champions League in 2012. Spartak won their home game during that campaign 2-1, although that wasn’t enough to prevent them finishing bottom with Benfica going into the Europa League in third.b
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The losers of this tie will enter the group stage of the Europa League, while the winners will advance to the play-off round of this competition with the Champions League groups just one more victory away. The hosts are the 4/7 favourites to get the win on Tuesday, while a draw at 10/3 would also see the Portuguese side through.
The visitors are 28/5 in these Benfica v Spartak Moscow predictions, with a 2-0 win for the Russians taking this game into extra time. That particular outcome is out at 43/1, which could be worth a euro or two as an outside bet. The smart money goes on the hosts here though.
One to watch for Benfica: Portuguese forward Rafa Silva opened the scoring in the first leg of this tie. He’s looking to get back into the sort of form that saw him score 17 goals in 26 league appearances for the Eagles in 2018-19, and is one to keep an eye on in this Benfica v Spartak Moscow preview.
One to watch for Spartak Moscow: Aleksandr Sobolev was Spartak’s joint top scorer last season, netting 15 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions. The Russia international striker is already off the mark in the Russian Premier League and will be in the hunt for a goal in this game.
Long shot: Spartak Moscow need to win 3-0 in order to progress to the next round in normal time. The visitors are out at 150/1 to do so in these Benfica v Spartak Moscow tips, but a 3-0 home win is a likelier outcome at 12/1.